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  • Rites of the Scythians

    07/09/2016 3:17:30 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies
    Archaeology ^ | Monday, June 13, 2016 | Andrew Curry
    ...As he and his team began to slice into the mound, located 30 miles east of Stavropol... It took nearly a month of digging to reach the bottom. There, Belinski ran into a layer of thick clay that, at first glance, looked like a natural feature of the landscape, not the result of human activity. He uncovered a stone box, a foot or so deep, containing a few finger and rib bones from a teenager... Nested one inside the other in the box were two gold vessels of unsurpassed workmanship. Beneath these lay three gold armbands, a heavy ring, and...
  • Extraordinary Kurgan Burial Shines New Light on Sarmatian Life

    09/17/2013 6:26:47 PM PDT · by rjbemsha · 11 replies
    Past Horizons ^ | 17 Sep 2013 | Leonid T. Yablonsky
    A Sarmatian burial mound excavated this summer in Russia’s Southern Ural steppes has yielded a magnificent but unusual treasure. The artefacts contained within the mound are helping to shed light on a little-known period of the illiterate nomadic culture that flourished on the Eurasian steppe in the 1st millennium BC and interacted with the Persian Achaemenid and Greek civilizations. The archaeological study of this remarkable ancient tomb, or kurgan, was carried out by the expedition of the Institute of Archaeology (Russian Academy of Sciences), led by Professor Leonid T. Yablonsky.
  • Bull-Killer, Sun Lord [ Mithras in the Roman Empire ]

    08/30/2010 7:13:52 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 26 replies
    Archaeology Magazine ^ | August 24, 2010 | Carly Silver
    Foreign religions grew rapidly in the 1st-century A.D. Roman Empire, including worship of Jesus Christ, the Egyptian goddess Isis, and an eastern sun god, Mithras. Of the religions that expanded rapidly in the 1st-century Roman Empire, worship of Mithras was particularly popular among Roman soldiers, who spread his cult during their far-flung travels... Mithras's temples, called Mithraea, are the best archaeological evidence of the god's worship, and most of them featured a characteristic depiction of Mithras slaying a bull, a scene called the tauroctony... In the later Roman Empire, Mithras blended in with another sun god, Sol Invictus, the "unconquered...
  • Ancient Mummy Opened: Scythian Cavalier Had Bone Disease

    06/20/2008 2:38:50 PM PDT · by blam · 5 replies · 147+ views
    The Earth Times ^ | 6-20-2008
    Ancient mummy opened: Scythian cavalier had bone disease Posted : Fri, 20 Jun 2008 17:15:04 GMT Goettingen, Germany - An autopsy on the body of an ancient Scythian cavalier found in the Altai Mountains shows he had a degenerative bone disease for several years before he died, German scientists said Friday. The 2006 find of the preserved body and the man's rich possessions on the Mongolian side of the mountains was a scientific sensation. The Scythians were a nation of horsemen in central Asia. The man, who died about 2,300 years ago at the age of 50 or 60, would...
  • DNA of Samartan Amazon Warrior Women

    12/17/2006 12:16:15 PM PST · by Proteos · 24 replies · 802+ views
    Results of Dr. Joachim Burger's DNA Comparison between Samartan Amazon Warrior Women and Meiregul, Kazakh child.
  • Archaeologists Find 2,500-Year-Old Mummy In Mongolia, Tattos And All (Blonde Headed Scythian)

    08/25/2006 12:14:30 PM PDT · by blam · 63 replies · 6,011+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 8-24-2006
    Archaeologists find 2,500-year-old mummy in Mongolia, tattoos and all Thu Aug 24, 2:18 PM ETAFP/DDP/GAI-HO Photo: This undated picture released by the German Archaeological Institute (GAI) shows a mummified body from... BERLIN (AFP) - An international group of archaeologists has unearthed a well-preserved, 2,500-year-old mummy frozen in the snowcapped mountains of Mongolia complete with blond hair, tattoos and a felt hat. The president of the German Archaeological Institute, Hermann Parzinger, hailed the "fabulous find" at a press conference to present the 28-member team's discovery in Berlin. The Scythian warrior was found in June at a height of 2,600 meters (8,500...
  • PBS SECRETS OF THE DEAD: Amazon Warrior Women

    10/14/2005 9:42:13 PM PDT · by LauraleeBraswell · 26 replies · 467+ views
    PBS ^ | 2004 | Kathy Svitil
    The myth of the Amazons, a tribe of bloodthirsty blond women thundering across arid battlefields to the horror of their male foes, has lingered for centuries. Their exploits seized the imagination of the Greek scribes Homer, Hippocrates, and Herodotus. But proof of their existence had always been lacking. Now, a 2,500-year-old mystery may have been solved, cracked by an American scientist whose 10-year odyssey led her tens of thousands of miles in pursuit of the truth. After unearthing a culture of ancient warrior women in the Russian steppes, Dr. Jeannine Davis-Kimball followed a trail of artifacts to a remote village...
  • Women Warriors From Amazon Fought For Britain's Roman Army

    12/22/2004 10:29:18 AM PST · by blam · 65 replies · 2,610+ views
    The Times (UK) ^ | 12-22-2004 | Lewis Smith
    December 22, 2004 Women warriors from Amazon fought for Britain's Roman army By Lewis Smith THE remains of two Amazon warriors serving with the Roman army in Britain have been discovered in a cemetery that has astonished archaeologists. Women soldiers were previously unknown in the Roman army in Britain and the find at Brougham in Cumbria will force a reappraisal of their role in 3rd-century society. The women are thought to have come from the Danube region of Eastern Europe, which was where the Ancient Greeks said the fearsome Amazon warriors could be found. The women, believed to have died...
  • Mongol Mysteries: Are 'Deer Stones' A clue?

    08/14/2002 10:08:17 AM PDT · by blam · 4 replies · 339+ views
    Seattle Times/Washington Post ^ | 8-14-2002 | Guy Gugliotta
    The Mongol mysteries: Are 'deer stones' a clue? By Guy Gugliotta The Washington Post Sometime around 1000 B.C., a Mongolian tribesman climbed on the back of a horse and surveyed the windblown steppe that stretched as far as the eye could see. The weather was turning colder, and there wasn't enough grass for his goats. It was time to move. From the moment that decision was made, a tradition was born. Horses — yesterday's beasts of burden — became a means of escape. Soon they would become the tool of conquest, and the people of the steppe — whether Scythian,...
  • Kazakhstan archaeologists discover Saka princess tomb

    06/14/2013 3:42:01 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies ^ | Monday, June 3, 2013 | unattributed
    The things found in at the burial site certify that the woman was from a distinguished tribe. According to the archaeologists, the golden head wear that looks like Kazakh Saukele (national headgear of women) is the most valuable item for the research. “The pointed golden head wear with zoomorphic ornaments has the top that looks like the arrows and is decorated with a spiral made of golden wire and jewels. A similar head wear used to be part of the official costume of the Saka tribe chieftains. It is quite possible that the woman was a daughter of a king...
  • Remains of ancient civilization discovered on the bottom of a lake

    12/29/2007 8:32:21 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies · 430+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | Thursday, December 27, 2007 | Nikolai Lukashov
    An international archeological expedition to Lake Issyk Kul, high in the Kyrgyz mountains, proves the existence of an advanced civilization 25 centuries ago... The expedition resulted in sensational finds, including the discovery of major settlements, presently buried underwater... Last year, we worked near the north coast at depths of 5-10 metres to discover formidable walls, some stretching for 500 meters-traces of a large city with an area of several square kilometers... We also found Scythian burial mounds, eroded by waves over the centuries, and numerous well preserved artifacts-bronze battleaxes, arrowheads, self-sharpening daggers, objects discarded by smiths, casting molds, and a...
  • Top 10 (Archaeology) Discoveries Of 2006

    12/28/2006 11:38:46 AM PST · by blam · 25 replies · 1,751+ views
    ArchaeologyMagazine ^ | January/February 2007
    Top 10 Discoveries of 2006 Volume 60 Number 1, January/February 2007 How do you know it's been an extraordinary year in archaeology? When the discovery of the earliest Maya writing and a 2,500-year-old sarcophagus decorated with scenes from the Iliad don't crack ARCHAEOLOGY's Top 10 list: 1. Valley of the Kings Tomb KV63 was the first tomb to be excavated in the Valley of the Kings since Tutankhamun's in 1922. The chamber held seven 18th Dynasty coffins. 2. 3-Million-Year-Old Child After years of chiseling tiny bones out of sandstone blocks from Ethiopia's Rift Valley, paleontologists announced the discovery of a...
  • S. Korea:Surprising Discoveries in Silla's Royal Tomb No. 98 (including Greco-Roman artifacts)

    03/31/2004 7:24:50 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 77 replies · 2,072+ views ^ | N/A | N/A
    Surprising Discoveries in Silla's Royal Tomb No. 98 (including Greco-Roman artifacts) King Nae-Mool(birth/death: unknown/402 AD) and his queen's royal tomb in Dae-Roong-Won, Kyong-ju, S. Korea was excavated in 1973-75 to yield some truly unexpected findings later. Many artifacts were quite different from those known to be produced in Korea or China. Exotic designs and materials abound. Further research established that these artifacts originated from Central Asia, Black Sea, Caucasus, Persia and Eastern Mediterranean. This is quite far away from the South Eastern tip of Korean Peninsula, where this ancient Kingdom, Silla, located. The last of 5 short videos below shows...
  • 'Descendents Of Dragon' Confirmed At Laiohe River Valley

    02/26/2004 12:30:26 PM PST · by blam · 51 replies · 1,717+ views
    Peoples Daily ^ | 2-26-2004
    'Descendants of the Dragon' confirmed at the Liaohe River ValleyIn thousands of years, the Chinese people have been deeming themselves as "the descendant of the dragon" though there is no enough solid proof to support the statement. But in this year, with continually findings of dragons in archeological work at the Liaohe River Valley, the statement that the Chinese people are "the descendant of the dragon" is further confirmed. In thousands of years, the Chinese people have been deeming themselves as "the descendant of the dragon" though there is no enough solid proof to support the statement. But in this...
  • Scythian Gold From Siberia Said To Predate The Greeks

    01/09/2002 5:34:35 PM PST · by blam · 29 replies · 727+ views
    NY Times ^ | 01-09-2002 | John Varoli
    January 9, 2002 Scythian Gold From Siberia Said to Predate the Greeks By JOHN VAROLI Vladimir Terebenin Some of the 5,000 pieces of gold found in a Siberian grave are being temporarily kept at the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. T. PETERSBURG, Jan. 8 — Russian scholars from the State Hermitage Museum have concluded that a discovery of Scythian gold in a Siberian grave last summer is the earliest of its kind ever found and that it predates Greek influence. The find is leading to a change in how scholars view the supposed barbaric, nomadic tribes that once roamed ...
  • Yurts Through the Ages: From Nomadic Tribes to Modern Glampers

    02/16/2016 11:14:45 AM PST · by ToeCharmer · 9 replies
    One of the most iconic living quarters in the history of mankind, the yurt is most closely associated with the nomadic peoples of central Asia. Herodotus, the father of history himself, was the first to describe yurts in the written word. According to him, yurts were the primary domiciles of the Scythians, who rode horses and lived in a nomadic fashion near the Black Sea from 600BC-300AD. The Ger Nomadic Mongolian families called their homes “gers.” Their dwellings were made up of same-sized orange mesh-like walls that curved around the center of the tent. Each yurt had 3-5 walls and...
  • Siberian tomb gives up warrior's golden hoard

    09/08/2001 5:05:56 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 31 replies · 1+ views
    The Sunday Times (U.K.) ^ | 09/09/2001 | Nick Fielding and Mark Franchetti
    RUSSIAN archeologists working in a remote area of southern Siberia have discovered a golden treasure hoard in the tomb of a warrior prince from a civilisation that died out more than 2,000 years ago. The tomb was found in Tuva, a republic within Russia and bordering Mongolia. Lying beneath thousands of huge rocks and buried in a deep pit covered with logs, it contains the remains of the Scythian prince and his consort, along with more than 45lb of golden treasure. The team's leader, Konstantin Chugunov, 39, a professor from the Hermitage museum in St Petersburg, has described it as ...
  • 2,500-year-old Female Siberian Warrior Is Beheaded By Excavator

    10/31/2015 8:11:16 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 58 replies
    Siberian Times ^ | October 29, 2015 | Anna Liesowska
    The excavator smashed the prehistoric ceremonial burial chamber in the Altai Mountains, wrecking the grave of a suspected the grave of a suspected 16 to 20 year old combatant from the colourful Pazyryk culture. Local culture heritage official Dr Vasily Oinoshev said: 'Only the human head and upper part of the horse remained intact in the burial ground.Unfortunately, the rest was destroyed by heavy machinery. 'Apparently, this was a young woman, judging by the teeth. All of them are intact and in good condition. We attribute her to Pazyryk culture, and we have preliminarily dated the burial as being 2,500...
  • Does Celtic art have links with Asia?

    10/15/2015 11:26:50 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    Past Horizons ^ | October 15, 2015 | editors
    An Oxford University-led... research team... will be looking at a group of artefacts in excavations and museum collections that are traditionally described as ‘Celtic’ because of their use of spirals, circles, interlaced designs, or swirling representations of plants or animals. One main line of enquiry is the relationship between the central European Celts and their nomadic Eurasian neighbours (often referred to as Scythians or Sarmatians), who inhabited the European end of a grassland (steppe) corridor that stretched east towards Central Asia and China... Iron Age tombs frozen in the mountains of Siberia, Mongolia, and Kazakhstan have yielded Roman glass, Chinese...
  • Soviet Bombers and Scythian Mummies: The Archaeology Uncovered By Climate Change

    09/04/2015 2:00:03 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | August 26, 2015 | Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan
    In Poland, severe drought has revealed the remains of a Soviet fighter plane that went down in 1945. It’s far from the first (or last) archaeological site that climate change is revealing, in some cases for the first time in millennia. Melting glaciers, thawing permafrost, and historic droughts are all playing a part in some of the most remarkable archaeological discoveries of the last few years. It’s a bittersweet phenomenon—that, as our planet changes, new pieces of our past will be revealed while other will decay. In an AP story this week, we learn of two finds that have surfaced...